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Hi there. I often worry about this stuff, so I just wanted some peace of mind about the subject. My grandmother gets cold sores around her lips. Because of this, I often try to avoid kissing her (on the cheek). However, today, she kissed me on my hair on the back of my head. She had a mark near her lip, though I am uncertain if it was a cold sore or something else. Does this pose any risk at all, or am I just being overly worried?
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Herpes, be it oral or genital, is primarily spread via contact with mucous membranes, on both sides. Your head and hair are not mucous membrane (your mouth, genitals, nose and eyes have that kind of tissue). So, this kind of contact, even with an active sore, would be unlikely to result in transmission.

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